Children are fantastic when it comes to using their imagination. Below are a few great ways to reuse stuff around your house and have a great time making crafts with the kids! Win–win! :) Make sure you always supervise your children when doing any type of craft! ;)
Frugal & Fun ‘Mom and Me Time’ Crafts with Household Items
Plastic Soda Bottles
Butterflies- Grab a butterfly stencil, about four inches square for a large 2 liter bottle and 2 inches square for standard 12 oz bottles. Trace the butterfly onto the plastic and cut them out. Butterflies can be strung by piercing the center with a needle. Hang them outside for extra fun.
Ocean in a Bottle – This project works best with smaller 12 oz bottles. Fill half the bottle with clear non-toxic oil – like a light canola oil. Fill the remaining half with water. Add food coloring, glitter, small lightweight plastic items and confetti shaped like your child’s favorite animal or shape and recap tightly. Let your child play with them to their heart’s content.
Noise Sticks. The kids will enjoy these for hours on end!
- Masking tape
- Paper towel tubes
- Tempera paint
- Elmer’s glue or other white craft glue
- Rice, lentils, or small beans
Paint the tubes first and allow to dry. Poke several very small holes, toothpick sized, into the tube. Cover one end of the tube with tape and place a small handful of rice or beans into the tube. Cover other end of the tube with tape and let them at it. Different materials, rice, beans, or lentils make different sounds. Encourage your children to make several and experiment with sounds. Tell them to make some praise songs and use them to make a joyful noise unto the Lord! :D
There are a huge number of items around the house, items that normally end up in the garbage or the recycle bin that can be used to create an artistic masterpiece and hours of fun.
Old egg cartons can be used to make tulips or bells.
Tin foil can be washed and used to make picture frames.
Old newspaper makes great paper mache.
Baby food jars are excellent containers for luminaries and snow globes.
Tin cans make great planters for starting seeds just be sure to remove any sharp edges with a file.
Paper grocery bags could become a suit of armor.
Plastic bottles can become a wind sock or a piggy bank.
Give your children the challenge to come up with ideas of their own. They have amazing imaginations, creative thinking skills, and they’re truly the experts at reusing materials around them. Help them. Have fun with them! Use it as an opportunity to not only make use of what would otherwise be more items for a landfill, but to also enjoy the time you have with the precious gifts Daddy God gave you!